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HOSPITAL HATCHET HORROR; Security video catches maniac's rampage in A&E ward.

Byline: By ZOE WATSON

THIS is the terrifying moment when a hatchet man ran amok inside a hospital.

Gary Peden, 23, was filmed on CCTV with the weapon in the A&E ward of the Mater Hospital in North Belfast as he scuffled with his girlfriend.

Jailing him Judge Tom Burgess described the incident as "shocking". He added that although it was not an attack on hospital staff "they are entitled to demand a safe and secure environment".

The court heard Peden went to the hospital in November 2004 looking for a man who had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Lyndsey McCartney, 23.

Prosecuting lawyer Fiona O'Kane said Peden was clearly seen on CCTV holding the hatchet and a "scuffle" broke out between Peden, McCartney and other men.

The lawyer said that although no member of the public or the medical staff at the hospital was injured, Peden could be seen raising the hatchet over one of the men.

Peden, from Forthriver Drive, and McCartney, from Lawnbrook Drive, both in Belfast, pleaded guilty to affray.

Sentencing Peden for 15 months Judge Burgess told Peden this was "an extremely serious matter, not least because of where it occurred".

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Date:Nov 17, 2006
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